Davis Statement on Granite City Works Announcement
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released this statement after U.S. Steel announced it will bring back roughly 227 workers who were laid off in January of 2016 to the Granite City Works.
“This is great news for many Granite City employees and their families,” said Davis. “Good-paying, manufacturing jobs like these are critical to our economy and to many trying to achieve the American Dream. There is no doubt that trading with other countries leads to job creation but we need to do a better job of enforcing these deals so countries like China are not breaking the rules and putting American workers at a disadvantage. Since we were successful in passing stronger trade enforcement provisions last year, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in favor of American steel companies several times to help level the playing field for American workers. However, more can be done and I’m looking forward to working with President-elect Trump on this issue.”
Davis introduced the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act in response to American companies like U.S. Steel being put at a disadvantage because countries like China are cheating the system and break our trade laws. This bill was included as part of a larger trade package that was signed into law last year. It strengthens enforcement provisions against illegal trade practices such as the dumping of foreign products like steel into U.S. markets.